The most important thing besides cleanliness within your surroundings is the comfort of the bed! I have been a "True Fan" of the "White's" since childhood and have stayed in many places in and around the area. "Eastern Slope Inn" has so far had the most comfy, cozy beds and bedding. Think about it, if you do not get a restful nights sleep, you do not start your day off right. My first stay at the Inn was this past October 2008, when I had the opportunity to stay on a friends time share week. We stayed in the "Main Inn" in a 2 room suite. One room offered a kitchen, cable, murphy bed, pull out sofa, and a sitting area with big windows, letting great light in, overlooking the tennis courts. The kitchen was well equipped including wine glasses which was lovely. It also featured a bathroom with whirlpool tub, iron and board. The second adjoining room offered luxurious queen beds with yummy puffy down/downlike comforters, deliciously cozy, fluffy pillows, sitting area, cable, full bath, and the same big windows and view. The decor is traditional, visually appealing, and clean. The flooring, which was I believe a berber, was spotless and sooo fluffy underfoot. Can you guess I enjoyed my stay? You are right!
The lobby of the Inn is simply a "mini grand lobby" with high ceilings, huge fireplace, warmth,charm n' character, informational pamphlets of the area are available, and a computer to check on your emails n' such if not traveling with your laptop. Also, there is a retail space in the lobby that used to house a sporting goods shop. That has now rented space south of the Inn. Hopefully another retailer will come in to rent the space as it is a nice option to be able to browse and shop on-site. The front desk hosts were helpful and friendly. A great meeting area for friends, family, and other travelers. Don't forget to check out the original elevator. It is accessible from the lobby and is a "blast from the past". I cannot comment on the "in house restaurant" as we usually dine at the best steak house, "The Red Parka Pub" in Glenn (10 minute ride north of the Inn).
The second trip to the "Whites" was this March 2009 to celebrate a birthday. And I had my pick of any lodging and guess were I decided to stay? Yes! Eastern Slope Inn. This time, we reserved a "luxury hotel room" located behind the Inn at the "Whitaker House Suites", which is still located on the property. All of the amenities were still available to us as if we were staying in the "Main Inn". The room was simply delicious! Beautifully appointed. A Gas fireplace warmed the room. In-room jacuzzi was modern in appearance as well as the rest of the rooms furnishings. A king bed did not overtake the area - the rooms are quite large and comfortable for 4 adults. A small deck off the room was a surprise as it was not mentioned upon booking. What a treat because it overlooked the mountains and when waking the next morning I made sure to have the shades drawn to take in all that beauty. The room also offered wi-fi, huge plus!
The only downfall to the room is that the Inn has not upgrading the comforters in these rooms to the down comforters offered in the Inn, but the bed was just as inviting as were the pillows-soft n' fluffy! The bath in this unit was huge. An installed blow-dryer and shower dispenser of body soap, shampoo and conditioner all available in the unit, as with the "Main Inn" unit(s).
Also note, a pedestrian tunnel is available to trail out of these units from the Whitaker House Suites. The tunnel brings you outside to the Main Inn's main entrance outdoors, as well as access to the shops n' such in town. I wished it (the tunnel) would have accessed you directly into the Main Inn Lobby. I know, I know, you can't have everything. Can you? (hehehe). Anyway with a room like this, we did not even utilize the on-site amenities like the indoor heated pool or outdoor hot tub.
The pricing per night is a somewhat high, but competitive with other accomodations in this category of lodging,. It would be beyond my budget to spend a full week, with my family in a unit offering full amenities i.e., fireplace, jacuzzi, separate bedrooms. They do accept AAA discounts if a member. I would like to suggest they offer more "Family Friendly Rates" - maybe stay 3 nights get the fourth free. Also, possibly adding a type of room service would be lovely. Maybe to offer a selection of wine by the bottle, maybe a local produce "fruit basket", or local "cheese n' bread baskets", or a "late night snack basket" for in-room delivery - keeping it simple - but to offer it would be grand.
And lastly, to extend pool/outdoor hot tub hours. It does seem to get dark early in the "whites" and us "night owls" would certainly appreciate the extended hours - maybe an "adult only pool time".
In closing, finally, I hope these views help you decide on your lodging and that the "Inn" reads and considers the above mentioned ideas. I simply would recommend you stay a night or two or three.... whatever your budget may be. You will enjoy your stay. Great for anyone looking to feel right at home, in comfortable quaint surroundings - The Eastern Slope Inn. Goodnight. Happy travelin'!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WHERE GUESTS ARRIVE WITH ENTHUSIASM & RETURN HOME WITH FOND MEMORIES Welcome to the Eastern Slope Inn Resort - an elegant, four-season resort located on the National Register of Historic Places in the center of New Hampshire's North Conway Village. Situated on 40 acres, within walking distance of quaint shops, restaurants, cafes, and popular attractions, the Resort features 250 rooms bridging the charm of yesteryear with modern day comforts and conveniences. The main inn offers a variety of elegantly furnished guest rooms with many units featuring kitchenettes. Guests can choose from a diverse array of accommodations to include studios, townhouses and deluxe suites with gas fireplaces, spa tubs, full kitchens and living rooms. Resort amenities include the Eastern Slope Playhouse, indoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot-tubs, clay tennis courts, fitness facility, meeting room and business center, playground, retail shops, walking trails to the Saco River, stocked fishing and ice skating pond, and Flatbread Company restaurant with pub. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eastern Slope Hotel North Conway